1: Blood Red Shoes – I Wish I Was Someone Better ~ Zalamanda
Brighton duo make a lot of noise about having made a mistake.
2: Courtney Jaye – I Need Love ~ SweetHomeAlabama
Vagabond pop singer from Pittsburgh via Atlanta, Arizona, Hawaii, and Austin soaked up all the musical sounds of those locations: a little country twang, a touch of exotica, some Tex-Mex etc. This song was heavily promoted on a local radio station (Live 100.5) that lasted about as long as the song did.
3: Andrew Bird – The Trees Were Mistaken – Barbryn
I don’t know what system my mp3 player shuffle uses, but it certainly isn’t random, as out of hundreds of tunes, the same ones keep cropping up. However, I can’t really complain when this is one of its current favourites.
4: Any Trouble – Open Fire ~ Treefrogdemon
I think Any Trouble are an ace band, as you may have noticed. This one’s catchy, has very clever lyrics and the piano on it, especially, is terrific. And Clive Gregson has a great voice…What went wrong, chaps?
5: The Ashes – A Well Known Drag ~ Tincanman
Lead Ashe Shane admits he had Velvet Underground in mind when he wrote this for the New Jersey foursome’s self-made album The Ashes Sings! It has a Jonathon Richman like playfulness.
6: Ben Webster – Danny Boy ~ GoneForeign
Danny Boy: Everyone’s heard this song whether Irish or not but possibly you’ve never heard it played quite like this. Ben Webster was the lead tenor player in the Duke Ellington orchestra for many years. In the business of making lists about ‘the greatest this or the most influential that’ in musical history Ben is usually rated right up there at the top, often unanimously voted the greatest tenor sax player ever! So I bought the album and this cut became an instant favorite. He loved this tune.